In 2010, Nepal had the title of world’s shortest man as Khagendra Thapa Magar who was 67cm tall . But the title was short-lived when Filipino Junrey Balawing was confirmed to be 59.93 cm. Now in 2012, Nepal has that title back as Chandra Bahadur Dangi who stands just 54.6cm tall. Guinness World Records has officially awarded him the title of the shortest man in the world.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi is 72 years old and weighs 12 kg. He is from Dang district which is 350km from Kathmandu where he survives weaving jute headbands. He has also been declared the shortest human adult ever recorded.
Being shorter than average has so many disadvantage and I can’t imagine being so short. According to Dangi’s interview he was orphaned at age 12 and was looked after by his relatives. His relatives used to display him at freak shows to make money for themselves. He has never experienced romance or found his soul mate. He wants to visit foreign countries and meet people from around the world.
I hope he will find some happiness with this record as Khagendra Thapa Magar did. Khagendra Thapa Magar has visited many countries including Australia and looked happy to be the centre of attention during events and dinners here. He was also the official face of Nepal’s tourism campaign, which featured him as the smallest man in a country that is home to the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.
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I hope people treat him with respect through all the attention. I know what it’s like to be different, each of us are different beings and process in different ways, Different means just that, nothing more. If we all stopped and thought on it, diversity is our greatest strength. Best wishes to him.
I hope best things happen for him as well. He already has his share of misery.